Best free kids apps for iPad

iMore's authoritative guide to the very best, absolutely free iPad apps for kids

Looking for great free kids apps for your iPad? The App Store is home to over half a million apps and games, and a surprising number of them are available for free. Some of the most popular free apps are free apps for kids. We're talking videos, interactive books, games, music and more!

PBS KIDS Video

The free PBS KIDS Video app brings all your child's favorite shows right to your iPad. Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts and are all here and ready to entertain and educate.

Squiggles!

Squiggles! is a very fun interactive drawing iPad app for kids. Each drawing page asks the child to add squiggles to the picture to make cars drive, give nests to birds, create cotton candy, add water for fish to swim in, etc. When the child is done adding their squiggles and other additions to the picture, they press "GO" to watch it come to life. It's very fun and actually amazing that this app is free.

Toy Story Read-Along

What kid doesn't love Toy Story? The free Toy Story Read-Along app for iPad provides a fully interactive reading experience of Toy Story. It includes games, movie clips, coloring pages, sing-along tunes, and surprises on every page. You can choose to have the story read aloud, or to have to child explore at his/her own pace.

Magic Piano

Magic Piano is a great music app for children and adults alike. It's bound to provide entertainment to your child whether s/he is just a few months old or a teenager. The younger ones will love the musical response they get from touching the screen and the older ones will enjoy playing familiar songs. Everyone is a piano player with Magic Piano!

Block Builder 3D Free

Block Builder 3D is a free app that lets kids have the joy of building and then destroying structures made from blocks -- without causing a mess in your house! Block Builder 3D is freeform play, so there are no points or levels to complete -- just your child's imagination.

More free iPad apps

For dozens of additional free iPad apps, including free instant messenger and communications apps, education apps, entertainment apps, finance apps, fun and games apps, health and fitness apps, music apps, navigation and location apps, news apps, photography apps, productivity apps, reading apps, shopping apps, sports apps, travel apps, and general utility apps, see here:

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Farmer Joey is a fun learning app for kids where they can interact and learn about animals, and travel with farmer Joey around the world to learn more.
More than 60+ animal sounds and a lot of surprise sounds.

I wonder if the PBS KIDS app only works in the U.S. for broadcasting rights reasons. I am in Canada and the app does not show up even in a search of the App Store.

I like Alphabet Game Deluxe. It's good for the classroom. Interactive but not too gamey. Some games take up too much time. There is a good balance that can happen for ed apps. Just thoughts from a teacher who needs to utilize class time to the max.

Chibi Pet Soy by waremobile
https://appsto.re/us/cbdmJ.i

It's really cute and reminds me of tamagotchi. Feed them bathe them and watch them evolve there is a free and paid version. Chibi is very sweet and even though it's rea unisex, I think there is another version that poops and burps so boys may like it better